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Classifying The Dead End

In the retrospective we learnt about the poisoned path that 400,000 Americans traverse each year. Although we know that these premature dead ends are caused by smoking it is hard to classify them? What are they murders, suicides or accidents?  

When examining the influence of the tobacco industry, one is tempted to call all tobacco related deaths murder. The tobacco industry uses manipulative advertising trying to make smoking appear harmless, sexy, sophisticated, and adult. These tactics help manipulate adults and kids into experimenting with this highly addictive substance.  The tobacco institute always contradicts the research of all credible medical institutions who have unanimously stated that cigarettes are lethal. What is more surprising is the blind eye stance taken by the Government towards proven Medical facts. Infact most Governments world wide have a strong vested interest in tobacco production and dissemination. An outdated statistics of the mid 1980 shows that the United States Federal Government generated over 6 billion $s annually as tax revenues from tobacco products. Thus the tobacco industry empowered by powerful lobbies in the Government knows fully well that if they can just get people started, they can hook them on cigarettes and milk them for thousands of dollars over the smoker's lifetime. Doesn't matter if the smoker has to pay by inhabiting the coffin, they have to fill their coffers. Sounds more like cold blooded murder.


It could be argued that a smoking death is suicide. While the tobacco industry may dismiss the dangers, any smoker with even average intelligence knows that cigarettes are bad for health but continues to smoke anyway. But I do not believe in classifying most of the smoking deaths as suicidal. Although a smoker knows the risk and still doesn't stop, it is not that he is trying to kill himself. He smokes because after becoming a nicholic, he doesn't know how to stop. As if his feet remains firmly glued to the accelerator, even when he knows fully well that there are good enough reasons to slam the brakes . And then Crash - Bang - Boom!!!!!

A smoking related death is more accidental than suicidal. For while the smoker may die today, his death was in great part due to his first puffs twenty o such delinquent behavior. Similarly when a smoker started smoking (most start in their teens) chances are the dangers were unknown. Not only did he not know the danger, but also he was unaware of the addictive nature of nicotine. So by the time the dangers were known, he was hooked into what he believed was a permanent way of life. Thus age and maturity become powerless as far as smoking is concerned. Maybe strong Government will finding expression in stringent laws hold the key.

Whatever the classification--murder, suicide or accident--the end result is the same. You still have a chance, you are alive, and you if you stick to this article series you will know how to quit. Take advantage of this knowledge. Don't become a smoking statistic........400,003..........400,004.......


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